By E. E. Cummings
The total choice of E. E. Cummings's writing for the degree, from the main artistic poet of the 20 th century.The Theatre of E. E. Cummings collects of their entirety Cummings's lengthy out-of-print theatrical works: the performs HIM (1927), Anthropos (1930), and Santa Claus (1946), and the ballet therapy Tom (1935). In HIM, a creatively blocked artist and his lover, Me, fight to bridge the deadlock of their dating and in his artwork. In Anthropos, a Platonic parable, 3 "infrahumans" brainstorm slogans whereas a guy sketches on a cave wall; and in Santa Claus, dying and Saint Nick trade identities. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is reimagined as dance, remodeling the unconventional right into a symbolic assault opposed to Evil itself. Cummings's prodigious creativity is on demonstrate in each one of those works, that are eventually concerning the position of the artist open air of society. "DON'T attempt to realize it, enable IT try and comprehend YOU," Cummings famously wrote approximately his intentions for the level. considerate and witty, Cummings's dramas are a vital part of his canon.
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However the truth is, you recognize you made a mistake. each person is aware it. . . . imagine what's: imagine that you're now speaking very fantastically via your hat. HIM (His look travels to the desk and returns to her): you're a very extraordinary individual — between different purposes, since you could make me afraid. ME: I’m now not, and that i don’t are looking to be, notable. What you actually take into consideration me — and won’t admit that you simply imagine — is correct. HIM: Don’t — ME: I don’t. i think. That’s my approach and there’s not anything notable approximately it: all ladies are like that. HIM: Noone is such as you. ME: Pooh. I don’t flatter myself — now not a great deal. i do know completely good it’s silly of you to waste a while with me, whilst there are those that will comprehend you. and that i understand I can’t, simply because issues have been ignored of me. — What’s using being tragic? you recognize you aren’t unhappy, rather. you recognize what you actually are, and very you’re constantly yes of your self: while I’m by no means definite. — If anyone have been going to be tragic it needs to be me. i do know that completely good. I’ve by no means performed something and that i don’t think I ever will. yet you are able to do issues. Noone could make you uncertain of your self. you recognize you are going to pass on, and your whole existence you’ve recognized. HIM (Trembling, appears to be like at his hands): may perhaps I let you know a superb mystery? ME: A mystery? HIM: All my existence I’ve questioned if i'm any stable. If my head and my center are produced from whatever more impregnable or extra dwelling than what I see all over protecting itself with hats and with linen. — If the entire able and little and disgusting minds which, someway, are liable for the towns and the nations during which I exist, haven't might be additionally synthetic this factor — this package of needs — which i admire to name “myself. ” If my hands desires arms exist with an depth varied from or past the depth of the other fingers desires palms. . . . you can't think how unpleasant it truly is to ask yourself — to appear approximately you, on the eyes and the gestures which prom themselves in streets and in homes, and to be afraid. To imagine: “Am I additionally the sort of, a doll, dwelling in a doll international, doomed to be undressed, dressed, spanked, kissed, positioned to mattress? ” (Trembling, wipes conscientiously along with his handkerchief a sweating brow) You can’t think how unpleasant it's. consider that you simply spent your existence paying for a costume. think that finally you came across the proper and lovely costume that you had dreamed of, and feel that you just obtained it and placed it on and walked in it all over the place and all over the place you observed hundreds of thousands of individuals all of whom have been donning your gown. ME: You suggest I’m like everyone else. HIM (Fiercely): I suggest that you've whatever which I supremely envy. that you're anything which I supremely wish to realize: figuring out that it exists in itself as i don't exist and as I by no means have existed. How do i do know this? simply because via you i've got come to appreciate that no matter what i could were or can have performed is mediocre. (Bitterly) you will have made me observe that during the process residing i've got created a number of much less or extra fascinating humans — none of whom used to be myself.